EDITOR: Another mass shooting massacre. After Sandy Hook, I really believed something would be done regarding gun laws. Every time I hear a member of Congress say “my thoughts and prayers are with the families,” I feel like screaming. Actions speak louder than words.
Avoiding war in Korea
EDITOR: While it was mildly hopeful to read that the U.S. is communicating with North Korea (“US in direct contact with Pyongyang,” Sunday), no one in the Trump White House seems to get what is needed to defuse this crisis. The more Trump threatens Kim Jong Un, the more Kim will drive the North Korean people to produce more deadly weapons.
What gives the U.S. the right to dictate which nations can have nuclear weapons and which ones cannot? Whether we want to admit it or not, other nations can and will develop a nuclear capability.
Instead of trying to drive North Korea into submission with embargoes, sanctions and threats backed by military “exercises,” we should, as former acting CIA deputy director Michael Morell suggested in Sunday’s article, give up on denuclearization and work on how to deter the North from ever using its weapons.
We know how to do this: keep trying to engage this proud, prickly nation by offering favorable trading options, cultural exchanges of entertainment and music and healthy competitions such as the Olympics and other sports. Take the idea of war off the table. Replace it with bilateral exchanges.
FRANK H. BAUMGARDNER
EDITOR: How long is the NFL fan base going to put up with the arrogance of our professional athletes? They are for entertainment. What exactly is their contribution to society?
If we stop watching, they would be out of a job. They are not the gods they think they are. There are many patriotic Americans who are sick to death of these overpaid entitled individuals. How many places in the world would pay them this kind of money to play a game?
Let’s get a little perspective here.
EDITOR: Kids are back in school again, and hundreds of nervous students now have their first couple of weeks under their belts. They’ve met their trained teachers, received instructional materials and are learning in welcoming, updated school buildings.
But for millions of children and youth around the world, that first day of school is only a dream. A staggering 263 million children and youth are out of school globally. It doesn’t have to be this way.
With U.S. support, the Global Partnership for Education has played a major role in getting tens of millions of kids a quality education globally. But the program will need the continued support of Congress to continue progress.
I hope we can count on our representative to cosponsor the bipartisan Global Partnership for Education resolution, House Res. 466, to ensure that more kids access the possibilities created by going to school.
It isn’t about the flag
EDITOR: I feel it necessary to correct Dominic Graham (“Bigger than one man,” Letters, Sept. 27) who said athletes “are fixed on insulting our flag and country” in kneeling while our national anthem is played.